Celebrating the loss of the Olympic bid? Certain Conservatives have really outdone themselves on this one. It is amazing that we are so partisan where even the merits of an Olympic bid is split down ideological lines. What they seem to have forgotten is that the Olympics should be a time where people could set aside their differences and compete for athletic glory. Naive? Maybe. But the fact remains that this bid was not a Democratic bid or an Obama bid. This bid represented the American Olympic Committee – it was an American bid. This was not a loss for Obama or a loss for Chicago. This was a loss for America. Celebrating an American loss is not patriotic. It has been said for many years that big electoral problem that Democrats had was that the Republicans “had the flag.” Well, those cheering this loss lose their right to claim the flag. The games being in the USA again, and in Chicago, would have been an incredible opportunity for us to remind the world that we are more than an army. It would have been a fabulous thing for this country.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s hear what George W. Bush had to say about the prospect of the games being in this country again.
They say that the Olympics will come to Chicago if we’re fortunate enough to be selected, but really it’s coming to America, and I can’t think of a better city to represent the United States than Chicago,” Bush said. He added, “This country supports your bid, strongly.” You can see the full article with that quote here.
Sir, I am sad to say that you were wrong. The country does not support the American bid. There is a segment of your party that wants Obama to fail at anything. Even if it means costing the USA the glory (and stimulus) that comes with hosting the games. Very very sad.
I’m going to give Roland Martin the last word here.
So, to all the critics happy about us losing the 2016 games, turn in your flag lapel pins and stop boasting of being so patriotic. When an American city loses, like New York did in the last go-round, we all lose. And all you critics are on the same level as the America haters all across the world. You should be shouted down for not backing your own country. The next time any of you bang out a press release about “Buy American” or “Support our troops,” remember this moment when your cynical, callous and small-minded brains happily rejoiced when America lost the 2016 Olympic Games.